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There is general consensus among experts that K-12 schools should aim to reopen for in-person classes during the 2020-2021 school year.1,2 Globally, children constitute a low proportion of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases and are far less likely than adults to experience serious illness.3,4 Yet, prolonged school closure can exacerbate socioeconomic disparities, amplify existing educational inequalities, and aggravate food insecurity, domestic violence, and mental health disorders.5 The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently published its guidance on K-12 school reentry.1 However, as many school districts face budgetary constraints, schools must evaluate their options and identify measures that are particularly important and feasible for their communities.
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Corresponding Author: C. Jason Wang, MD, PhD, Stanford University School of Medicine, 117 Encina Commons, Stanford, CA 94305 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Published Online: August 11, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2020.3871
Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.
Additional Contributions: We thank Paul H. Wise, MD, MPH (Stanford University School of Medicine), for his suggestions on improving the manuscript. Dr Wise was not compensated.
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